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10 Albums From The 1970s That Still Hold Up Today

Same rules as my list for the 1960's.
1David Bowie
Low


I was seriously debating whether I should include Low or Ziggy Stardust on the list, but I eventually decided that Bowie's 1977 masterpiece was his most influential, and therefore more worthy of a spot on this list. Low's art-rock and electronic innovations continue to affect alternative music today, and (to me anyway) stands as his crowning achievement in terms of moody apprehension. Favorite track: Warszawa
2Joy Division
Unknown Pleasures


It's not Joy Division's best album, but considering that they only made two during their short career that isn't saying very much. Unknown Pleasures remains slightly more accessible than its successor, and its influences are perhaps felt more strongly for that very reason. Favorite track: Day of the Lords
3Pink Floyd
The Dark Side of the Moon


Overrated? Probably. Still incredibly awesome? Absolutely! I really don't need to comment on this one. If you're on this site you've probably heard this album dozens of times, perhaps even commited the lyrics to memory. Favorite track: Time
4Miles Davis
Bitches Brew


I said on my 1960's list that In a Silent Way was more accessible for first time listeners. Well, Bitches Brew is much more rewarding for repeated listens. Favorite track: Pharaoh's Dance
5Bob Dylan
Blood on the Tracks


This is Bob Dylan's masterpiece. No question about it. It's his most introspective, instrumentally diverse, romantic, and well-sung release, and he has yet to top himself since. God bless this fucking album. Favorite track: If You See Her, Say Hello
6Wire
Pink Flag


I've never been a big fan of early punk music. Wire's debut album stands out as more complex than its contemporaries, which is why I say its the best of its kind. There are few albums that I truly consider to be simultaneously punk and post- punk, but this is one of them. Favorite track: Reuters
7Kraftwerk
Trans-Europe Express


I suppose when it comes to Kraftwerk it really doesn't matter whether you listen to this album, Autobahn, or The Man-Machine. They're all equally enjoyable. This one just slightly edges out because it includes my favorite song of theirs. Favorite track: Trans Europa Express
8John Lennon
John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band


This is my favorite of all Beatles post-breakup solo albums. (Sorry George.) Its primal, angry, emotionally broken intensity elevates it above its contemporaries in terms of brutal power. Favorite track: Mother
9Television
Marquee Moon


Like I said, I'm not a big punk rock kind of guy. It really takes an exceptional release to make me care, and Marquee Moon fits that bill quite nicely. Also, I'm a big fan of Tom Verlaine's guitar playing style. Favorite track: See No Evil
10Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin IV


I had to include this somewhere, right? It was either this or Physical Graffiti, and eventually I had to go with the consistent beast rather than the sprawling behemoth. Of course Stairway to Heaven is why you come in the first place, but you stay for the other tracks. Favorite track: When the Levee Breaks
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